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Old 02-26-2011, 04:48 PM   #71
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I find it interesting you refer to the fiberglass constructed MH as plastic and having no distinctive features....... the reason you don't see as many Airstream MH undoubtedly was the price, but had little to do with changing from aluminum to a fiberglass shell.
Thank you, Gloran. We are the very proud owners of a 2005 ASLYG 30 with slide. Like yours, this unit is distinctive because of it's low profile. It is well built and has many stunning interior features in common with AS trailers. The "low profile" features include it's aerodynamic front end, a narrower body than other boxier types, and less bulk all the way around. Also, they are lower to the ground, have a lower center of gravity and are more easily maneuverable.

Wherever we go, we receive lots of attention and compliments because of the sharp look and obvious Airstream quality of our unit. Fiberglass and all, it is still an Airstream. We feel very fortunate to be able to own and preserve such a fine display of AS craftmanship.
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Old 11-24-2011, 09:44 PM   #72
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Thank you, Gloran. We are the very proud owners of a 2005 ASLYG 30 with slide. Like yours, this unit is distinctive because of it's low profile. It is well built and has many stunning interior features in common with AS trailers. The "low profile" features include it's aerodynamic front end, a narrower body than other boxier types, and less bulk all the way around. Also, they are lower to the ground, have a lower center of gravity and are more easily maneuverable.

Wherever we go, we receive lots of attention and compliments because of the sharp look and obvious Airstream quality of our unit. Fiberglass and all, it is still an Airstream. We feel very fortunate to be able to own and preserve such a fine display of AS craftmanship.
Michigander... I agree with you on the 30 SO. I love mine. Its a 2004 30 SO Silver and Black and to me its a very well made coach. I was in a 37 footer and decided to down size and get better gas mileage. I am not missing the space and happy about the gas mileage.

I am so glad I found this forum.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:31 PM   #73
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I'm still a little confused, but that's normal for me. The "Classic" MH is the all-aluminum skin that looks (more or less) like an Airstream TT, right? The Land Yacht is a fiberglass-skinned MH that has a sloped nose similar to the Foretravel Gran Villa, right?

Both were available as DP models, although most were gassers, right?

Now the real questions. IF (and that's a big if) we go with a MH, it will be a DP. We're looking for a coach that is useable as a FT home. Most of the stays will be 1-2 weeks, with a few of a month possible. We will have a toad of 2500 pounds or less. Just two people and one cat. Which one(s) should I be looking for? We definitely like the looks of the Classic, but certainly would not object to the Land Yacht. Biggest concern is cargo capacity, both space and weight.

Are we barking up the wrong tree? We're also kicking around a 30-34' Classic TT. All vehicles will be used.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:57 PM   #74
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Hi David

I myself would never recommend an AS for fulltiming for a couple, because there isn't enough space (IMO).

The last classic MH rolled out the door at Jackson Center twenty years ago. As such the chassis would be quite old for someone to use to begin a fulltiming adventure considering that you'll end up in a hotel every night that the chassis is in the shop. There are also some parts availability problems -- I think that it's tag axle brake drums that are unavailable at any price for some models.

Others can comment on the LY but you might want to at least consider other makes to be able to view a broader selection of rigs.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:00 AM   #75
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What you call full timing must be determined.
Are you planning on traveling the continent with short stays or is the plan to spend lengthy periods in different locations with short travel distance between?
OPTION 1:
If touring is your thing, then a no slide Class A DP unit would be best
OPTION 2:
And of course, one with lots of slides if planning on lengthy stays between travel.


Option 1 will require a solid HD chassis and drive train, and a well designed and engineered motorhome to deliver true satisfaction. Your unit should have energy systems including, diesel, propane, large battery power supplied by chassis, aux. generator, and solar. It should, if possible, have a mid mount door to allow absolute maximum comfort and visibility from the cockpit area with no wind noise or water leaks at the front door area. It will have a large kitchen as most meals will be prepared completely inside the unit. It will have excellent wardrobe storage, comfortable bathing facilities, and the unit must be comfortable in all weather conditions. ie good ventilation and heat and cooling ability.
It will have a raised rail chassis with large storage bays, and at least 100 US gal of fuel and water capacity.
It will have excellent handling on the highway with plenty of power to make your drive effortless.
In this HD class there are only a few motorhomes that really qualify. In later years most mid mount door options were special order.
Your looking for the best visibility possible from the front seats.


Then there is Option 2


Option 2
the priorities will be on living layout and comfort, and extras maybe a TV on the outside wall or in the basement compartment, outside cooking facilities, and maybe more dependence on ac power as you will be hooked up to shore power most of the time. The design of the chassis is not as important as you are only moving from one location to another to park. The brand of motorhome or chassis would be less important as you are parked and can wait on parts to be sourced. This requirement might allow a gasoline powered engine, gas or propane powered aux generator, all electric appliances etc. etc. The light duty chassis may suffice as you will not be putting the high miles on that would apply to option 1 above. The large storage area might not be needed as some stuff could be stored inside the unit or the toad for short moves.

Because this type of research takes many hours, I am going to cut if off here for others to comment.
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I'm still a little confused, but that's normal for me. The "Classic" MH is the all-aluminum skin that looks (more or less) like an Airstream TT, right? The Land Yacht is a fiberglass-skinned MH that has a sloped nose similar to the Foretravel Gran Villa, right?

Both were available as DP models, although most were gassers, right?
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If you want a DP Classic Airstream, the 36' units in 1994-1995 are your only option BUT they are hard to find! The prices are running $35k+ depending on condition. I have seem some as low as $29k but they need some work and go quickly.

The non-classic models also have some nice DP models. There are some LY units (1994 & 1995). The Clipper, Cutter, XC, and XL also have DP models. The good thing is that the prices continue to drop and there are some real bargains under $40k. The non-classic models have MUCH more basement storage. The XC and XL units have TONS of basement storage which is very handy on longer trips.

I hope that helps.
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kb0zke,

Here's a quick summary of our experience so far....

We just got a 1996 '32 Airstream Cutter Diesel Pusher in June, 2011. We immediately went on a trip from our home in the San Francisco California Bay Area up to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, with plenty of sightseeing along the way. We've since did a few more trips and we have a blast every time, spending 1-3 weeks per trip. It's just me (41), ,my wife (39) and our four year old daughter. We are not lacking storage space or towing capacity on this rig. As a matter of fact, we have a lot of storage that goes unused. No slideouts and that doesn't bother us in the least. We're so used to camping in our previous rv (a 19 ft Bigfoot travel trailer), that we always pack light. It's a great length for maneuverability and MPG. We can squeeze into many county, state and federal campgrounds with this rig, which will come in handy as we plan many family trips to some of the great national parks in the US and Canada. We got 11.5 mpg on our first trip with no toad so we used the motorhome for most sightseeing, shopping, etc. with tons of hills in Oregon and Washington. We got 13 mpg on our most recent trip which was mostly flat freeway with toad. The previous owners ordered many upgrades from the factory, the most important one being the chassis upgrade, which has more horsepower and a 6-speed Allison transmission (versus the standard 4-speed) along with the Cummins 5.9 turbodiesel. As with any RV, this one has its issues.... and we just deal with them. The rig was meticulously maintained by the previous (first) owner, so most of our issues are nickel and dime issues. The previous owners spent 1-2 months in it every summer in Massachussets and never had a problem spending that much time in it. They towed a Jeep Grand Cherokee with all four wheels on the ground, while we tow one of our front wheel drive cars with a tow dolly. There were 3 of these for sale last summer with asking prices of $28k-$45k. I negotiated with all and the prices the sellers were willing to accept were between $23k-$30k. These were all excellently maintained rigs. You could pay around that much or a little less right now, if you can find one. Based on our experience, set aside another $2-$3k for things like shocks, tires, minor repairs, and engine/transmission maintenance. We're very happy with our Airstream motorhome!
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